Configuration Management: ICSA or PICSAR

It is generally accepted that configuration management consists of 4 components: identification, control, status accounting and auditing. However, while working on an introductory presentation about configuration management, I came across the activity of writing a configuration management plan. But what is a plan without any planning? In other words, you not only plan what you’re going to do, but also when, how often, who’s going to do it, etcetera.

Another issue is the factor is that a software development project is a finite enterprise. Once the goal has been established, the project ends. This also applies to configuration management, so there must be an end to configuration management. For configuration management the activities end as soon as the final result has been established, i.e. releasing.

In other words, wouldn’t configuration management consists of 4+2 components?

  • Planning
  • Identification
  • Control
  • Status Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Releasing

I wonder what the acronym PICSAR really stands for… đŸ˜‰

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About Frank Schophuizen (fschop)

Hi, my name is Frank Schophuizen and I am working as a consultant in CM, Agile and ALM for TOPIC Embedded Systems. I have over 30 years experience in software development in the technology industry, with the last 15 years mainly in process improvement, deployment and integration of methods and tools in the area of CM, Agile development and ALM. I am strongly interested in the complexities of collaboration and integrations in multi-project and multi-site organizations. I have worked with various technology companies such as Philips, ASML, NXP and Vanderlande, and with various tool vendors such as IBM Rational (e.g. ClearCase, Synergy, Jazz products) as well as open source tools (e.g. SVN, Git, Jenkins, Trac, Eclipse). I am living in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, with my wife. We have 3 adult children. My main hobbies are classical music and photography.
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